river rock south side - Knowledgebase Question

burlington, Co
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Question by rhondakvedar
March 24, 2010
I have an ingr. pool w/river rock surrounding cement decking. I currently have no landscaping but want to beautify the area. It is very hot/sunny and have 2 dogs. Must be relatively inexpensive as well and easy maintenance (single mom). Any ideas? pictures?

Answer from NGA
March 24, 2010
I'd concentrate on planting drought-tolerant shrubs and perennials. They are most likely to survive the reflected heat from the river rocks and nearby concrete. Some native shrubs to consider include False Indigo, Silvery Leadplant, Apache Plume,
Cliffrose , Cliff Fendlerbush, Wax Currant, New Mexico Privet, Rabbitbrush, or Russet Buffaloberry. Add some drought tolerant perennials, annuals, and bulbs and you'll have a lovely setting. Mixing almost any ornamental grass with flowering plants adds interest and diversity in your landscape. I recommend trying it even if you don't think of ornamental grass as something to put into your flowerbed. Include
Gallardia, Indian Ricegrass, Columbine, Coreopsis, Achillea, Clematis, Oriental Poppies, Coneflower, Sedum, Halls Honeysuckle, Russian Sage and Irises. Enjoy your garden!

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